Hi, my name is Shanika. I live in Oakland and have 3 years experience as a caregiver.
What got you into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a place in my heart for elderly and disabled people. I want to give back because once someone had to take care of me and I really enjoy taking care of people in need.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
Treat the person as if they were someone in your family. Treat them kind. Be on time and do your job as best as possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that comes to mind was 96 years old and had Alzheimer's. She was the sweetest lady, but some days she could be very snappy, but we had a really good relationship. The person that worked for her before I came couldn't get her out of the bed and couldn't get her to walk. When I came around, I had her up doing exercises, walking around and moving her muscles. She improved a lot. I work for her for two years and then she passed away. She was very special to me and that's the client I will never forget.